When the weather outside is chilly enough to make a duvet cover more outerwear than your most treasured trench, thinking ahead to the sunshine and temperature atmosphere of spring. However, there is only one solution to the winter wardrobe doldrums: fantasizing about spring fashion staples. After all, April is really just around the corner, and with it the joy of wearing chiffon frocks and sandals sans the danger of incurring frostbite.
Spring 2015 is an especially enticing season for the fashion industry, and your favorite stores are just beginning to stock the term's essentials. In addition to an influx of vintage patterns from the '40s and '70s, designers are also revamping beloved warm weather staples, breathing new life into white cotton frocks and faded jorts. If bygone eras don't spark your interest, look to 2015's recurring athletic trend, which promises to keep its adherents looking avant-garde and enviably trim. And of course, any spring wardrobe would be remiss without a bright floral frock and a vibrant pop of color top. Instead of bemoaning the ice and snow, start stocking up on spring clothing staples and daydream yourself to a tropical island. With a fresh crop top and jean shorts, you'll at least look as though the temperature is above freezing.
1. Gingham Midi Skirt
Nothing equates to sultry spring weather quite like a gingham midi skirt, and Spring 2015 wholeheartedly embraces the trend. This black and white Madewell version is both timeless and trendy for a polished warm-weather look.
Madewell Gingham Midi Skirt, $168, madewell.com
2. Eyelet Peasant Top
Warm weather makes a simple grab-and-go style like this eyelet Nili Lotan top all the more enjoyable to wear. Whether paired with cropped skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, an eyelet top provides all the free-spirited style you require for spring.
Nili Lotan Eyelet Rebecca Top, $139.99, jcrew.com
3. Worn-In Jorts
Make like a street style blogger and snap up a pair of Levi's 501 shorts, which are the ideal union of insouciant and urbane. Denim shorts make the perfect companion to your trendy crop top, rumpled button down, or... well, anything, really. As far as spring style goes, jorts are non-negotiable.
Levi 501 Shorts, $58, us.levi.com
4. Chiffon Maxi Dress
Increased temperatures often translate into indolence, of which a chiffon maxi dress is the sartorial equivalent. Lightweight, ethereal, and appropriate for a number of warm-weather outings, a printed maxi dress is bohemian in spirit but polished in form.
Hollister San Elijo Chiffon Maxi Dress, $59.95, hollisterco.com
6. Little White Dress
When snow isn't blanketing every inch of the ground and you've temporarily retired your black stockings, switch out your LBD for an LWD. A white shift is the crisp, clean, and refreshing summer alternative to basic black, so snap up one like this Finders Keepers frock today.
Finders Keeprs Easy Easy Dress, $154, revolveclothing.com
7. Embroidered Floral Frock
Though winter florals are an undoubtedly alluring trend, nothing beats a beautiful floral frock for spring. Whether worn with a blazer to the office or paired with heeled sandals for after-work drinks, the spring staple is sure to paint a smile on your face.
Oh My Love Midnight Floral Skater Dress, $78, nastygal.com
8. Artistic Crop Top
Indulge your whimsical, artistic side with an optical illusion crop top. Not only is the crop top standing strong amongst spring's trends, but the silhouette is also incredibly flattering when paired with high-waisted skirts or trousers.
Milly Aztec Fil Coupe Sleeveless Crop Top, $250, milly.com
9. Seventies-Inspired Electric Kool Aide Print
The '70s are suddenly all the rage for Spring 2015, and with the trend comes optical, mind-boggling prints. Neon florals, avant-garde patterns, and geometrics are all in the '70s wheelhouse, so play away with vibrant hues and unexpected designs like this Diane von Furstenberg tunic.
Diane von Furstenberg Esti Top, $298, shopbop.com